Ch 1: MoGEA Writing: Grammar & Usage

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to review the rules of correct verbal usage, spelling, capitalization and punctuation as part of your preparations for the writing subtest of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA).

MoGEA Writing: Grammar & Usage - Chapter Summary

As part of our study guide course for the writing subtest of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA), this chapter will help you review basic grammar rules that will help you on the writing subtest. This chapter is composed of a series of mobile-device-friendly videos taught by our professional instructors. Follow along with them to review:

  • Basic parts of speech
  • Articles, subject-verb agreement, pronouns and suffixes
  • Tips for using the correct spelling of words
  • Differentiating homonyms and homophones
  • Capitalization rules
  • Uses of parentheses, dashes and commas
  • Correct use of colons, semicolons and periods
  • Uses of hyphens, brackets, ellipses, apostrophes and quotation marks

After watching these lessons, be sure to read the lesson transcripts to reinforce your retention of the material. Take the lesson quizzes to find topics you didn't completely understand, and then use the video tags to return to and review the parts of the lessons that discussed this information. When you feel you have a firm understanding of the material presented in these lessons, take the practice chapter exam to see if you are ready to write a grammatically correct response for the writing subtest of the MoGEA.

MoGEA Writing: Grammar & Usage Chapter Objectives

The state of Missouri uses the MoGEA to assess the knowledge of students applying for admission into undergraduate educator preparation programs. This exam is composed of five subtests: writing, language arts, mathematics, science and social science. Each subtest is administered in a one-hour testing session. The writing test consists of one written response question. Use this chapter to improve your knowledge of the grammatical rules for the writing part of this Internet-based test.

15 Lessons in Chapter 1: MoGEA Writing: Grammar & Usage
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Grammar? - Exercises & Overview

1. What Is Grammar? - Exercises & Overview

In this lesson, we'll look at the grammatical structure of the English language. What are the basic parts of speech that make up the building blocks of sentences? Keep reading, and you'll see!

What Are Articles in English Grammar? - Definition, Use & Examples

2. What Are Articles in English Grammar? - Definition, Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore three very small but important words in the English language: the articles a, an and the. These are words that you use in almost every sentence that you speak or write. Learn about the significance of articles, when to use them and some examples.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

3. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

4. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.

Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

5. Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

Learn how subject-verb agreement is essential to written language. Three common problems with subject-verb agreement are discussed with tips for avoiding the most common errors.

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

6. Personal Pronouns and Antecedents: Number Agreement

In this lesson, you'll learn how to avoid one of the most common grammatical mistakes in writing by learning how to ensure that all of the antecedents in your writing agree in number with the pronouns that they're matched up with.

What Are Suffixes? - Examples & Definition

7. What Are Suffixes? - Examples & Definition

A suffix is an important part of language found at the end of many words. Suffixes can be the key to figuring out the meaning of a complex word. Let's take a look at suffixes and how they can work to determine a word's meaning or even part of speech.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

8. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

9. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

10. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

11. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

12. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

13. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

14. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

15. Apostrophe: Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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